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Make Your Own Cheaper & Better-Tasting Coffee Creamer

Homemade Powdered Creamer

If you use creamer in your morning coffee, then I probably don’t even need to tell you that creamers can be expensive! Powdered creamers can be less expensive, but those costs can still add up if you’re buying it frequently. But what if I told you you can have a low-cost coffee creamer that actually tastes better than the stuff from the store? Intrigued?? I sure was!

Homemade Powdered Creamer

When I came across the idea for a homemade powdered coffee creamer, I was somewhat skeptical. With only a few ingredients, it seemed almost TOO simple. But I’m all about giving things a try, so I gathered the ingredients and whipped it up in about 2 minutes. And boy, was I surprised! This creamer hits all the right notes: it’s creamy, frothy, a little bit sweet, and all-around delicious. The best part, in my opinion, is that it lacks the chemical-y aftertaste that you get with many commercial creamers.

Another big plus about making your own creamer is that you can customize it to your own tastes. Maybe you love the flavor of vanilla, but you think store-bought vanilla creamers are too sweet. Just add a bit of vanilla powder to your creamer, and cut back on the amount of sugar you add. So simple! Here’s how to make your own powdered coffee creamer at home.

Homemade Powdered Creamer


Homemade Powdered Creamer

*Author’s Note: We used non-fat milk powder because we had it on hand, but whole-fat milk powder gives a richer, creamier taste!


Homemade Powdered Creamer

Combine the milk powder, powdered sugar, and optional ingredient (if using) in a bowl, and whisk together.

Homemade Powdered Creamer

Slowly pour the coconut oil into the mixture, and mix well with a whisk until there are no lumps left. (The coconut oil can be left out, but we think the creamy frothiness it adds is delicious!)

Homemade Powdered Creamer

One of the best things about this homemade powdered creamer is that it is shelf-stable, so you can store it in an air-tight container in your cupboard or pantry for quite a while.

Put a scoop or two into your morning coffee for instant creamy deliciousness. But don’t stop there! In addition to hot coffee, you can also add a bit of powdered creamer to iced coffee, hot cocoa, a cup of cold milk, or any beverage that could use a creamy kick. :-)

How would you personalize your own homemade powdered creamer?

Homemade Powdered Creamer

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  • Does anyone know a reputable source for whole dry milk powder that is WAY cheaper than the $15-$17 a pound at the Amazon link? Costco has original coffee mate powdered creamer – 56 oz for $7. I would love DIY for a healthier option, but can’t justify nearly 3x the expense.

  • When I was stationed in Korea, the local restaurants had little sticks of coffee mix that made a surprisingly excellent cup of coffee. I started buying the sticks in the usual bulk package (100 sticks/cups), but they are much harder to come by for any decent price here in the US, since I returned. I just made the creamer, and tomorrow I’m going to try mixing it with coffee and possibly more sugar to see if I can recreate the flavor of the sticks.

    Thanks for the recipe and wish me luck!

    • I’m entirely too caffeinated to experiment more this morning, but so far the closest I’ve gotten is still fairly rich and creamy.

      So, …
      -3 tbsp. of the creamer above, but just the milk powder and powdered sugar (no oil or flavors)
      – 1 tbsp. of instant coffee
      – 1 tbsp. cane sugar
      Mix together, then add 6 oz. hot water.

      This may seem sweet enough to cause instant diabetes, but keep in mind, the Koreans have an extremely healthy traditional diet (rice and LOTS of veggies, very small amounts of meat and very little dairy, and fruit for dessert), so one small cup of coffee like this in the morning isn’t really tanking their dietary well-being.

      Thank you again for getting me started.

  • Has anyone gotten around the clumping issue when you add the powder to hot coffee? I’m wondering if a little bit of hot water to make it liquid, and then add to the coffee? Maybe making about 16 liquid ounces at a time to store in the refrigerator for a week? I need to have powdered creamer on hand for the times I run out of the fresh and can’t get to the stores.

    I am going to try this. I usually use half and half cream in coffee, but only get to the store about every 2 weeks and don’t want to rack up grocery bills and delivery fees just to get fresh cream. Whole powdered milk and vanilla powder is next on the list to order on line.

    • I wonder if you could place the creamer in your cup, and then add just a splash of hot coffee. Mix that up really well, and then top off your cup with coffee! Turning the creamer into a liquid is going to be a bit tricky, and then you’ll have to worry about it going bad. Let me know how it turns out :-)

  • Yours sounds really good for my coffee, but I was searching Google for coconut oil or MCT oil homemade creamers. Knowbrainer Keto Creamer is really expensive, $2 a pkt at our local Earthfare, 1 pkt is for 1 cup of coffee.
    My hubby has been on the Ketogenic diet for 6 months now. Our grocery bill has gone up as his weight has gone down, so I need an alternative to the expensive name brand Knowbrainer & Bulletproof coffee creamers (Slimfast has now jumped on the low carb wagon and has their own creamer which is also expensive) out there.

    I can’t use this recipe for him as it has powdered sugar in it and just 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar has 8 carbs in it and he does just 20 carbs a day and believe me, it isn’t easy for me to design up new recipes to give him a variety of meals with just 20 carbs a day.

    You wouldn’t happen to know of a good low carb, high fat creamer recipe would you?

    • Hello Rosemary!
      I am trying to make a healthy alternative for my daughter, who uses that crappy store bought stuff a LOT! I have put together this, as a starting point. After I make the fist batch – still waiting on some stuff to come in – I will know if this is the right amounts. But if you also would like to experiment with it for your husband, I will gladly share it with everyone here! Just remember I have NOT actually made this yet, so experimentation is in order.

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      Erma’s Powdered Coffee Creamer Recipe – For Dusty

      3 cups      Powdered Milk, I will be using powdered whole milk – OR – Powdered Cream
      1 Cup      Stevia [Any natural non-actual-sugar sweetener will work, I prefer Erythritol]
      1/8 Cup more of above sweetener, if you like it sweeter | THIS IS OPTIONAL
      3 Tablespoons   Powdered Vanilla
      3 Tablespoons   Powdered Coconut Oil
      3 Tablespoons   Powdered Ghee (Clarified Butter)
      3 Tablespoons   Powdered MCT Oil
      2 to 4 scoops   Collagen Peptides – Need to do more research before using, may need to use more

      [For NON-Dairy Powdered Creamer you can use 3 cups of Powdered Coconut Milk, remember this will  add a coconut flavor to the mixture!]

      This is my first try recipe ideas.

      ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

      If you get it figured out to your taste, please share how it went!!! Good Luck!!!

      • I was just out on Amazon, doing my looking for stuff I can experiment with – thing, They have Oat Milk powder, gluten free! You can also use this for a NON-Dairy Creamer base!!! I am super excited, I prefer Oat Milk!

  • First off I want to say that I check out your site for just about anything before I go anyplace else . I like this recipe but I’m going to try coconut sugar instead of the powdered sugar because it has a lower glycemic index factor. I also have a few other powdered flavors that I’m going to try, like hazelnut, carmel and paper mint. Again thanks

    • Have you tried Erythritol sweetener? It’s glycemic index is 1. I am always being watched for the type of diabetes that you can control by diet and since I refuse to give up my sweet tea, I had to find a different sweetener. So far, erythritol has worked for me. It is a 1:1 ratio with sugar. If you like 1 tsp of sugar in your coffee, then you use 1 tsp erythritol in your coffee as well.

  • I was really excited to try this, but also found that the primary flavor was just powdered milk. I was hoping it was because I’d had to substitute vanilla extract for the powder, and regular sugar for the powered, but reading the other comments, maybe not. I’m still intrigued though, and will try another small batch, using the correct ingredients. Any suggestions as to where I can find the vanilla powder, other than ordering online?

    • Believe it or not, I had found some in a Target Supercenter. Like a walmart but with a bit of class, LOL!
      I prefer Vanilla Bean Paste, it is just like using a vanilla bean without having to scrape seeds out of it.The paste is thick and is filled with a lovely aroma and packed with seeds. The seeds are what carries the flavor and I use it in homemade ice cream, milkshakes, sugar cookies, just everything including vanilla lattes. I use it a lot, but there are times I needed to use the regular liquid extract.

      I bought a 4 oz jar and I have finally used it up last week after 3 years of service. I’ve already ordered another through King Arthur Flour. You can find the paste in some Walmarts and Targets, but the first jar I got was from The Kitchen Gourmet at an outlet center.

      The ratio of the paste to liquid REAL Organic Vanilla is 1:1

      Three years, numerous recipes, $9.95 for a 4 ounce jar (in 2014), I think that was a great chance I took. A few of my friends have found my baking “secret” and now they use vanilla paste too!

  • I followed the link above and ordered the 1 lb container of powered whole milk from amazon …$15.78, used organic coconut oil. Still working on it, but just tastes like powdered milk. Maybe needs more pwd sugar.
    Most definitely does not taste better than the non-dairy chemical coffee mate which might be less expensive. Still, I would like to use natural product. A liquid one turned into a glob at the bottom before I finished the container even though I shook before each pour.

    Looking forward to reading how others like the taste. Did try some vanilla extract, but still had the powered milk taste.

  • I’m having issues with this clumping in my coffee rather than making it creamy. Not sure if I’m doing it wrong, I followed the recipe.

    • According to metaketosis.com, The problem is that some people experience an allergic reaction to the coconut. Luckily you can still get the benefits of coconut with the pure MCT extracted from the fruit. By substituting pure MCT oil, coconut allergy problems can also be eliminated. Coconut Oil is a nutrient-rich alternative to animal fats.
      But if it scares you to touch coconut at all, try Apricot kernel oil. It works really well with other homemade creamers I have tried.
      Just FYI

  • I use vanilla or regular powdered creamer in my homemade chai recipe. Could this be substituted? The recipe calls for 2 cups non dairy creamer. Would 2 cups of this be equal? I’d love to make it without commercial creamer.

  • This is great thank you!! The other major benefit is there’s no palm oil involved. Most (if not all) creamers are made with palm oil and not many are from sustainable sources.
    So this ones environmentally friendly too :)

  • Not to mention that the creamers that are on the market are very, very bad for the body. Many of them contain ingredients that clog your veins, etc., so this is not only a better tasting alternative, but also a much healthier one.

  • What a great idea, I can’t wait to try this . I make my own liquid creamer because I love amaretto creamer and I can’t find it here anymore. But we also use powdered creamer. Is there a way to get the almond flavoring instead of vanilla?

    • Leslie, I too love the Amaretto creamer. How did you make your liquid creamer? Adding alcohol based extracts taste too alcohol-ly to me. Non alcohol liquid vanilla extract doesn’t even taste like vanilla to me. Thanks for any help!

  • You read my mind Mrs. Jillee , I ran out of my french vanilla creamer today . Thank you for posting this! Will make in morning while my coffee is perking in the maker!

    • coconut oil adds another depth of flavor to your coffee. I’ve been putting coconut oil in my coffee for a couple of years. It tastes wonderful plus it is healthy for you. I’ve not gained any weight from doing this either. I use about a teaspoon of it in the coffee. Mix well and enjoy.

  • I just started your daily emails and I have to tell you how much I am enjoying them. Each day I look forward to see what’s new. Thank you very much!

  • I am diabetic and do not take sugar in my coffee. Is the powdered sugar necessary for the flavour of the creamer to be complete? Can you use less pwdered sugar? BTW, to Colette, re vanilla powder, you can buy this in most Kosher or European delicatessans. For some reason, European bakers prefer vanilla sugar to essence of vanilla. Also, if you want to make your own vanilla powder, simply buy some vanilla beans and split them in half down the middle. You can use the vanilla seeds for true “‘french vanilla” flavouring, but keep the empty vanilla pods. Simply put some regular granulated or pwdered sugar into a mason jar and put the empty vanilla pods in the jar. Seal it and leave for a few weeks. When you open the jar, and use the sugar for baking, desserts, etc. the vanilla flavour and scent will have infused the sugar. Do not throw away the pods, just add more sugar to the jar. I learned this by watching Chef Michael Smith on television. I have bought those vanilla suagar packets and this seemed a no brainer economy.

    • I substitute stevia or splenda when making homemade hot cocoa mix so it should work here just as well. Just use less as stevia is sweeter, and you will have to decide if the splenda is something you feel safe using and how intensely sweet you want it. You can also purchase xylol in powdered form, just like powdered sugar.

      • Swerve ( sugar substitute) actually has both a granulated and a powdered version. I just happen to have it so I’m going to see how it turns out!

    • You can definitely use less powdered sugar, or you can replace it with any other sweetener! If you don’t like your coffee sweet, then you should just leave out the sugar altogether! :-)

  • My son, a long distance truck driver, uses the “stuff”—not me, ugg. And he uses a lot. So I’m wondering how much this makes since it takes at least 5 cups of powders. And does the store-bought stuff have vanilla in it? He hates flavored coffees. Also, it’s hard to imagine that little coconut oil mixing 5 cups of powder without it being one great big clump :) I’m always up for saving money!

    • The store bought stuff is available in tons of different flavors – vanilla is a very popular one, but some people prefer unsweetened! If he hates flavored coffee, but uses store bought creamer, it’s probably unsweetened. This recipe makes 5 cups of creamer, which might go fast depending on how much he uses. :-) The coconut oil actually mixed in really well!

  • I use 1% milk most of the time and have found that if you add a tsp. or so to 8 oz. you get the flavor and feel of whole milk. Bet this would work in this creamer recipe too.

  • Great idea. I too would like to know what vanilla powder is and if there are other flavor powders. I’m going to try this on a smaller scale with xylitol powder.

  • You should have titled this Flavored Coffee Creamer. My husband doesn’t want flavored. But if he runs out I could make him some. (a container usually lasts him a long time as he only uses a tiny bit per cup but lately he has run out sooner than expected.) Is there another oil you would recommend in place of the coconut oil that would not leave a taste behind?

    • I just bought a coconut oil at Safeway that is “processed” and does not taste or smell like coconut at all. I would love to be able to tell you the name of it, but I am in the process of moving and it got packed up. I would suggest just looking through that section at the grocery. I like it because I use it a lot for cooking and don’t always want my food to taste like coconut.

      • I have bought the same thing at Target. It stays liquid and it doesn’t have that strong smell and taste.

    • Coconut oil is for the frothy texture – not for the taste! In fact, there is so little of it in the recipe, you won’t notice the taste at all! Or you could just leave it out. :-)

  • Any ideas for lactose intolerant people? I currently by the LF Non-Dairy powder creamer, and it leaves much to be desired (but I need something to cut the acidity of the coffee). Do you think I could substitute that type of creamer for the NF powdered milk?

    And I would LOVE to learn how to make the Vanilla powder….any ideas would be great!

    Thanks for the ideas Jillee!

  • Thank you for this post. I thought that I had a great “hack” when I started blending vanilla beans into my creamer powder, but this idea intrigues me even more. I was looking for a way to use up my milk powder, and I already have all the other ingredients on hand, so I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • We are creamer gaga and I can’t wait to try this!
    Where can I find vanilla powder?
    And do you use coconut oil or powder?

    Thanks Jillee for bringing chemical-free alternatives to my attention.

    I use your dry laundry detergent, fabric softener, and love your favorite scents…lavender & lemon.

    Thank you for all the preparations you do to bring us these recipes.

    • Thank you! You can click on the words “vanilla powder” in the ingredients list, google how to make your own, or find it in specialty baking stores. :-) You use coconut oil – the oil is what makes it frothy! But it’s not enough to make it taste like coconut. :-)

  • I agree. I would love to make the powders. I have an abundance of vanilla beans but have no idea how to to about making powder with them. As mentioned on another post as well, how do you make/get other flavors?

    Thanks for this post. I have a recipe that is similar for dairy creamer but I still haven’t perfected it to the recipe (which I bought in a special addition DIY magazine from BHG) so that makes me a bit disappointed. Hoping to try yours this week if I could know where/how to find vanilla powder.

    • You can click on the words “vanilla powder” in the ingredients list, google how to make your own, or find it in specialty baking stores. :-)

  • The price of vanilla powder is a little expensive. Is there a cheaper alternative? The price of vanilla beans it takes to make vanilla powder is not cheap either. Thank you.

  • What a great idea! I usually just buy heavy cream, as I can’t stand the over-sugared taste of coffee creamer. I’ll have to try this with the powdered coconut milk I have in my cupboard.

    You should do a post on how to make your own vanilla powder. It’s really expensive to buy, but cheap to make if you buy vanilla beans and make your own! Vanilla powder is better than extract too, much stronger and better flavor for baking/cooking.

  • OMG I just saw your DIY as I made 2 types yesterday and made one with French Van. powder and one with Coconut powder. They are great for shakes also. Keep the DIY’S coming as your my go to for ideas. TKS P.S. I used my recycled containers also.

  • Great, I have creamer on my to buy list as I have enough for about two days. This recipe looks so simple, can’t wait to make this. Thank you.

  • This is an awesome idea for a d-i-y coffee creamer. I would like to try it with powdered stevia instead of powdered sugar though just to be more diet conscience.

  • I use the sugar-free Coffeemate, then add a packet of Sweet n’ Low to it. I assume this recipe can be adjusted for a low-calorie version – I’m definitely going to try it!

  • Do you have a recipe for liquid creamer?.. Especially caramel flavoured…

    Also where do you get vanilla powder?

    I love your do it yourself ideas. Thank you

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